BWIA 772 From Barbados, joined May 2002, 2200 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1820 times:
JBLUA320, that was cold but cool in a sarcastic way.
Air Caribbean had the audacity to operate those 20 ++ year old aircraft in the english caribbean wid japenese writing on the seat backs. Those that they did refurbished looked ok. Anyway I was suprise that they were so quiet but i could not listen to my disc man on the hour flight.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12738 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1748 times:
I had an opportunity to fly on the YS11 with JAC in February; indeed, I also used my trip to take in another type I wanted to fly on, the 747SR.
Anyway, it's a fine old plane; love the phrase "rice rockets"! I flew from Kagoshima, a major JAC base (JAC is the commuter branch of JAS) to Fukuoka and got some lovely shots, although not - unfortunately - of the cockpit, which is off limits to pax, even after landing.
Very glad I did it now, but sorry I missed the Electra with Reeve and the Viscount, F27 and quite a few other old birds.
TT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1661 times:
I don't agree either with the asessment that the "YS-11" is alive and well in the Philippines. When I was at Clark recently, there is a Japan Transocean YS-11 that is pristine, untouched, and gathering dust--hasn't moved since it came over from Okinawa in 1999. It's sitting on the tarmac waiting for a buyer, and it will continue to sit for a long while.
This aircraft has numerous moving parts and is a maintenance hog. The Philippines--with its economic problems--makes for a difficult operating environment unless you have numerous airframes available for canibalization. Asian Spirit (when it has the money to operate) relies on its LET-410s (which also have issues).
I rode in a Southwest Airlines YS-11 from Naha to Kume-Jima in 1992 with my girlfriend. It was a great spacious turbo-prop. Open overhead racks, cute little Okinawan Flight attendants (who spoke skoshi engrish), nice drink service--it was like going back in time 30 years. They even played tropical music when the plane landed in Kume. It was a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, the YS-11 disappeared from the Ryukus in 1999. Japan TransOcean (formerly Southwest) replaced the routes with Ryuku Air Commuter Dash-8s.
Nowadays, you can see the YS-11 in the northern Ryukus (Yoron and Okinerabu). They are operated by Japan Air Commuter throughout the Kagoshima prefecture. The flight attendants are hotties too, they all wear dark blue uniforms with these classy Bulgari scarves.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3272 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1641 times:
Air Caribbean indeed had purchased 6 of the type for use on the Trinidad-Tobago domestic service and several regional routes. I flew on them 9 times and found them very smooth but painfully slow, especially compared to the Dash 8s that BWIA subsequently brought in. They were very sturdy planes though. Not all actually entered service - 1 was bought as a freighter but was never flown in that capacity and only 3 were kept active. The others were largely used for parts. C2 then bought 737s in an expansion to MIA that proved ill-timed and was their undoing.
The six YS-11s were idle in POS for several months after C2's collapse in October 2000. They were bought by Trygon Aviation of Southend, England. 1 was flown there and was prepared for onward delivery to a Burundi cargo carrier while 3 others were parted out in POS. The other 2 were stripped of any useful parts and the empty shells are used for fire training. Sadly the one plane flown away was destroyed by fire in November 2001 in Southend.
411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1614 times:
On a recent visit to MNL (March) there were 12 cargo YS-11's (9 being loaded at 10am) and two pax YS-11's, both boarding. These were clearly visible as I was on the airside perimeter road enroute to an exec helicopter for a trip to CRK.
So, yes...alive and well in the Philippines would be correct.
Those that rely on "magazines" for their information...are sometimes sadly mistaken.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1604 times:
Flew a Simmons Airlines YS-11 TVC to DTW in the mid 80s. Loud but comfy experience, the ship was a far better ride than the sky pig Shorts 360s that came later. The YS-11 was a true airliner...not a puddle jumper.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6371 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1550 times:
Very timely post in a way. All the YS-11s that have been stored in Tucson for at least 14 years disappeared 2 or 3 weeks ago. I can't imagine they were scrapped on site, although that is possible, and I haven't seen them at MZJ.
I guess I could just ask.
Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1538 times:
Oh goodness i agree with BWIA772.. i went I did GND - POS and back on the YS11 for fun really but goodness. the thing has such a high pitch and loud rev.. and it climbs so slow.. and flys so slow.. i was wondering if Trindad moved.. But hey it was an experince.. no regrets.. i can tell my kids i went on one of those..